Google Ditch Pixel 2 & 2XL After 18 Months

Malware from Google Play Store grew by 100% in 2018

It expanded to the Pixel 2 and Pixel series a year ago, and now it looks like it'll soon be made available for Android One phones.

One of the longest running bugs on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has been an issue with the phones' ambient display that caused an obnoxiously bright screen flash when a user woke their phone.

The only place where the Pixel 2 is mentioned is if you compare the three iterations of Pixel devices, but on the Google Store, there is no option to purchase the 2017 flagship lineup. Removing the Pixel 2 from its store could be a sign that the company is making room for a newer device. The Pixel 4 phones will likely be launched around October, too.

Google is no longer selling its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones through its online store, with the listings for the devices removed from the platform. The Pixel 3, for example, gets improved voice unlocking performance with Google Assistant while the OG Pixels get improved Bluetooth connectivity. Pixel 2s are still available from several third-party vendors. Apple is, of course, a notable exception, since it sells older flagships even years after they were launched. Further, speculations or some educated guesses suggest the "unreleased phone" would be the upcoming mid-ranger Pixel 3a.

This leaves Google without an entry-level phone in its store. One reason why Google might be discontinuing the series is to make way for its rumored Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which have been doing the rounds lately.

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